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Student Organizations

In addition to the excellent academic programs offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, you have many opportunities to get involved with activities and clubs where you can meet other students, get involved with student government, and participate in events.

Academic Study of Religion Club

The Academic Study of Religion Club is a group of students and faculty from NC State that meets periodically to discuss anything relevant to the academic study of religion(s). All students at NC State are welcome and encouraged to join; you needn’t be a Religious Studies major or minor. Everyone is encouraged to attend ASRC events. These include lectures, film viewings, performances, trips to local places of worship and respect, etc. We do not endorse any particular religion or lack thereof. We talk about religions and learn about them, enhancing our knowledge of peoples and their traditions.

Faculty Advisor: Anna Bigelow,

African Student Union

The African Student Union promotes African culture on the campus of NC State University, as well as in the community at large. We stress the importance of scholarship, service, and overall enlightenment of African culture to our members and to the community we inhabit. Our greatest strength is unity expressed through individuals committed to ensuring that Africans blaze a trail of excellence and foster a legacy all people can be proud of.

Faculty Advisor: James Kiwanuka-Tondo,

Anthropology Club

Anthropology Club is an official academic club that welcomes all majors to join in our exploration of human origins, material remains, and culture. Anthropology Club meets several times a month and has speakers, outings, and discussions of interest to its student members. The purpose of the Anthropology Club is to engage students of our academic community in a way that they can build their social networks, meet potential mentors, and prepare themselves for further academic advancements.

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Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Wallace,

Arabic Club

The Arabic Club is a bi-weekly social gathering of NCSU students who are studying or speak Arabic.  It provides students with the opportunity to practice their Arabic outside the classroom with peers of varying skill levels.  The Arabic Club also gives students the chance to learn more of Middle Eastern customs and traditions, and encourages Club members to participate in Middle Eastern cultural events.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Inas Messiha,

Baccalaureate Student Social Work Association (BSSWA)

The Baccalaureate Student Social Work Association, developed in the Fall of 2006, gives students the chance to interact with other Social Work majors and practitioners in the community to share concerns and ideas, and to undertake fund-raising and service projects for the community. It is an organization run by students, and aims to help students enhance professional development and promote human dignity.

Faculty AdvisorMelissa Hardesty,

Buddhist Philosophies Club

This club was created to discuss and learn about the culture and practice of Buddhism. Whether by meditation, readings, or guests who practice Buddhism themselves, we seek to consider concepts in a non-dogmatic and casual environment.  We discuss ideas such as the human condition, morality, impermanence, karma and daily Buddhism.  Anyone is welcome.


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Levi McLaughlin

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Student Council

This student-run council promotes the interests and general welfare of the students, furthers communication and cooperation among the various departments, and provides Humanities and Social Sciences students with a representative College Council. The Council's purposes are:

  • to represent the college's student organizations;
  • to help fund the college's organizational needs;
  • to handle all funds received by the Council;
  • to promote leadership and participation in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and in the University;
  • to help organize the annual college Career Fair.

The Student Council also awards Abraham Holtzman Scholarship Awards each year. The award is based on service to the community or the College, including community service, organizational leadership, volunteer activities and/or a commitment to raising the visibility and prestige of the College within NC State. The award is given to four students each year: 1 rising sophomore, 1 rising junior, 1 rising senior, and a graduating senior. Award winners receive a $1,000 scholarship, with the exception of the graduating senior, who receives a plaque.Applications and additional details are generally available in mid-March for the following academic year.

Faculty Advisor: Dara Leeder

CHASS Multicultural Association for Students (CHASS-MAS)

The CHASS-MAS was created in 1996 to provide a network for all multi-ethnic students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas for the advancement of self and others in the humanities through community service, newsletters, lectures, peer advising, tutoring and field trips. The association is open to all Humanities and Social Sciences students, faculty and staff who are committed to promoting a productive learning environment at NC State.

Faculty Advisor: Joseph Johnson,

Delta Phi Alpha

The National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature, and civilization through monthly events and meetings as well as service to the NC State community.

Faculty Advisor: Professor Lutz Kube,

Egyptian Student Association

This organization aims to integrate the Egyptian student community in North America with the research and public community in North America, Egypt and worldwide. Goals include support and advocacy for community issues, and extends to guiding new Egyptian students through their journey at NCSU. The group also works as a cultural interface for Egypt, the Middle East, and Islam through cultural and social events. Further, the association follows up on scientific deficiences in Egypt and seeks solutions. The NCSU chapter is open to all NCSU students.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jodi Khater,


EKTAA, meaning Unity in Hindi, is a multi-faceted non-profit South-Asian Organization at North Carolina State University. Established in 1940 by a group of ambitious South-Asian students at NCSU, EKTAA has since progressed to become an icon of excellence on both a small and large scale.

Here at EKTAA, we strive to promote awareness of South-Asian culture to the Triangle Area and benefit a number of international communities across South-Asia through a variety of social, service, and cultural events throughout the year.  We have members from a variety of backgrounds who contribute to help EKTAA live up to its motto of promoting Unity within Diversity across campus and the community as a whole. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sujata Mody,

English Club

The English Club provides a forum for expanding knowledge about English studies and for sharing student work. The club will meet monthly to discuss literature, film and language as well as careers available to English majors, how to choose and apply to graduate schools, and where to publish creative and academic work. It will also invite guest speakers and feature students' creative works.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Margaret Simon

French Club

The French Club (Le Cercle Français) provides students and interested members of the NC State community with an opportunity to practice speaking French and to learn about French and francophone cultures.  The club meets twice a month for conversation and cultural activities such as celebrations of special holidays, food tasting, or informal presentations.  


Faculty advisor: Katherine Morel

Gamma Kappa Alpha (Italian Honor Society)

The Italian Honor Society Gamma Kappa Alpha signifies "Knowledge and Virtue." The purposes of the Society are to recognize the outstanding scholastic performance in the fields of Italian languages and literature and to encourage college students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of, Italian culture.  Inductees receive a certificate of membership.


Faculty Advisor: Professor Anna Rita Bonaduce-Dresler,

German Club

The German Club meets once a week for a Stammtisch, to watch a movie, to have a potluck dinner (Kochfest) or any other German-related activity in the Raleigh area. Our members are both students and community members interested in German language and culture. The club consists of fluent speakers as well as first year German students. Everyone is welcome, and encouraged to try it out if they are interested in anything German.


History Club

The goal of the History Club is to further and enrich the study of history, not only for history majors but for all currently enrolled students. This club encompasses the entirety of historical study and provides students with the opportunity to socialize and engage in intellectual discussion with fellow students and faculty members. History Club meets twice a month.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alicia McGill

Hmong Student Association

The Hmong Student Association aims to build an awareness of the Hmong culture by not only being a resource for NCSU but also for the Hmong community and the general public.  This club gives students the opportunity to learn and join open forums for discussion and also to engage in educational and recreational activities oncampus and off campus.


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Troy Case,

International Studies Club

International Studies Club is a student-led organization that aims to immerse students in various global issues and cultures through meetings, participating in international events, listening to speakers, watching foreign films, engaging in language exchange, and volunteering and raising funds for a myriad of causes and organizations.  ISC values the diversity and assortment of cultural backgrounds that exists on campus.  We welcome any individuals, groups and organizations to showcase their unique backgrounds through the club.  We also invite individuals, for-profit and non-profit organizations to inform members about important international issues, as well as volunteer and internship opportunities for students.

Our activities include:

  • Global Voyager: Themed meetings based on different countries
  • Language Exchange Program and coffee hour for learning different languages
  • Foreign-Exchange Socials
  • Discussions about local and international problems and their relations to globalization


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Ann Lewald,

Italian Club

The goal of the Italian Club is to extend knowledge of Italian culture outside of the classroom to students. Meeting activities consist of speaking Italian to one another, telling stories, and describing things of interest in Italian; field trips to museums and restaurants to learn more about Italian art, both on canvas and in the kitchen; and watching movies or other media events in Italian to gain a better understanding of the language.

Faculty Advisor: Professor Anna Rita Bonaduce-Dresler,

Korean Conversation Club

The Korean Conversation Club teaches Korean language on various levels, as well as provides programs to experience cultural aspects of Korea. The membership is not limited to NCSU students and faculties, but is open for everyone interested in Korean culture and language. KCC provides a class every Thursday, and another help session on Monday. The club is scheduled to have a social activity on the first week of the month, and a cultural activity on the third.

Faculty Advisor: Chueng Ji (

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta at NC State is an active chapter of the National Communication Honor Society. Selection is based on outstanding academic performance, and the club strives to promote excellence in the communication field while reaching out to the community. We offer community service, professional networking, and enriching academic experiences to our members. As a part of the Student Council, Lambda Pi Eta continues to work with all Humanities and Social Sciences majors in creating a more professional atmosphere at NC State by networking with various other organizations in an effort to create job opportunities for its graduates.

Faculty Advisor: Ryan Hurley,


MENASA (The Middle Eastern North African Student Association) is a student organization that aims to facilitate and promote cultural, economic, and political understanding of the Middle East and North Africa. Resurrected in 2010 by a group of study abroad students, it has already sponsored and hosted a long list of events including hookah nights, guest lectures, and Arabia Night (a joint venture with the UNC chapter). MENASA membership is defined not by a similar ethnic background, but by a shared interest in these fascinating areas, made all the more interesting by a wave of change that is redefining the region’s political build.  MENASA can be contacted at:

 Faculty Advisor: Akram Khater,

Mock Trial at NCSU

Mock Trial at NCSU is a student-run organization that focuses on educating students about the basics of trial advocacy. familiarizing them with courtroom procedures, improving their public speaking skills, and making connections within the legal field that will provide a foundation for future careers in the legal and professional world. This is done through regular meetings in order to prepare for weekend mock trial invitationals.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elisa Savchak,

Model United Nations

Model United Nations is a club whose main purpose is to promote awareness of international cooperation in a number of ways, but primarily through a simulation of United Nation "Simulations." The Club sends delegations, each representing countries, to attend various conferences where they compete with other schools in order to gain a deeper knowledge of the United Nations. The delegates will attempt to write resolutions and get them passed by other nations; each conference has various focuses such as General Assembly, Security Council, etc.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Struett

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NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) on Campus

NAMI On Campus is a student-led, student-run organization that aims to provide mental health support, education and advocacy in the university setting.  With the leadership of college students, the group is designed to engage and educate campus communities about mental illness.  This is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in social work, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychiatry, counseling, and other health related fields.  Not to mention that it is a great experience for anyone who has or knows someone with a mental illness.  We are open to all majors and backgrounds.

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Faculty Adviser: Dr. Willa Casstevens,

Phi Alpha Honor Society

The purpose of the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. Members demonstrate involvement in the community by volunteering in a service project determined at the beginning of each semester.

An undergraduate BSW student is eligible for membership after achieving the following national requirements and meeting local chapter requirements:

  • Achieved sophomore status
  • Declared major in Social Work
  • Completed 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of required social work courses
  • Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Declared social work as a major
  • Achieved a 3.25 grade point average in required social work courses

A graduate MSW student is eligible for membership after the following national requirements and meeting local chapter requirements:

  • Completed one term of course work with the minimum number of social work credits as determined by the local chapter
  • Achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale

Faculty Advisor: Barbara Zelter

Philosophy Club

The Philosophy Club provides students with the opportunity to engage in discussion, debate, and focused readings on a wide range of philosophical topics.  The club meets weekly to discuss philosophical reading material, provide assistance in philosophy-related courses, and consider career opportunities for philosophy graduates.  While philosophy can sometimes be rather esoteric, the club is open to all interested students and members make strides to create an atmosphere of open and educated conversation.  In addition, forum threads and discussions allow for participation for attending members and those interested but unable to attend meetings in person.

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Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephen Puryear

Political Science Club

The Political Science Club is a student-led organization that fosters exploration into politics, policy and government.  The club meets at least once a month.  Activities inlclude student political debate, educational trips, hosting and attending speakers, and social events.  Members are not required to major in Political Science.

Faculty Advisor: Shannon Carey

Pre-Law Students Association (PLSA)

The association usually meets at least once a month throughout the year and invites a variety of speakers: Attorneys, Deans of Admission from various law schools, and faculty & administrators from the university community. Students in the Association engage in community service efforts, and are offered a forum in which they learn about planning for law school. Students are encouraged to become involved with this group from the time they enter NC State.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kelly Laraway,


Psychology Club

The Psychology Club at North Carolina State University provides support and guidance to all undergraduate students with a devoted interest in Psychology. Our goal is to help you better connect to your major by broadening your knowledge of the subject by exploring the multifaceted aspects of Psychology.

We will provide the students with opportunities to interact with professors and graduate students. Our guest speakers will share with the group their personal experiences that would also reflect the student's personal interest. As a club, we will be participating in social events that emphasize building strong relationships by strengthening teamwork and independent skills.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rupert Nacoste

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

The goal of PRSSA is to serve our members by enhancing their knowledge of public relations and providing access to professional development opportunities, as well as to serve the public relations profession by helping to develop highly qualified, well-prepared professionals. We aim to foster: understanding of current theories and procedures of the profession, appreciation of the highest ethical ideals and principles, awareness of an appropriate professional attitude, and appreciation of Associate Membership in the Public Relations Society of America and eventually accredited membership.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jessica Jameson,

Sigma Iota Rho (International Studies Honors Society)

The Eta chapter of Sigma Iota Rho was established at NC State in 1991 and is affiliated with the national Sigma Iota Rho organization.  The purpose of this organization is the promotion, scholarship and service among students of global affairs.  Active undergraduate student membership is limited to persons officially associated with the University who have completed at least 60 hours of university coursework, including at least 15 hours of international studies courses selected from at least three different disciplines, who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, and a GPA of at least 3.3 in all courses counting toward International Studies, with at least 6 hours of upper-division international studies courses. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Seth Murray,

Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society)

The NCSU Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Pi Theta, recognizes high scholastic achievement and offers opportunities for leadership and service as well as eligibility for Sigma Tau Delta scholarships.  All students are welcome to attend meetings and events put on by the chapter.   Formal membership is open to English majors and minors who have a 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 in their English courses, and who have completed at least three semesters of college coursework and at least two English courses at the 200 level or higher.  Membership is also open to English graduate students with a 3.3 overall GPA and who are in at least their second semester.  

For more information, feel free to look at our chapter website (, where we have details about upcoming meetings and events.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Mulholland,

Society for Politics, Economics and Law (SPEL)

The Society for Politics, Economics and the Law, also known as SPEL, is a great organization to get involved in. Our main priorities are to reach students who share interests in politics, economics, and the law and give them the opportunity to interact with each other and with others who work in the fields of politics, economics, and law.

Our meetings are usually on Mondays or Tuesdays at 6:00 pm, and depending on the speaker, can last anywhere from one to two hours. Speakers address topics regarding economics, politics or law. We have had economists, businessmen, entrepreneurs, political reporters, and the list goes on! At meetings, we leave time to ask questions of the speakers, and sometimes debate the issues. We sponsor other events as well. For instance, in 2010-11, we had a health care roundtable with faculty answering students’ questions, starting discussions, and encouraging debate.

If you are a student who has any interest in Politics, Economics, and Law, this club is a great opportunity. We are open to students of all majors, and provide them with a networking base, and opportunities for fun.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Roy Cordato

Spanish Club

The Spanish Club is a student-run organization open to anyone from the NC State community.

The purpose of the club is to provide the opportunity for members to speak Spanish and to increase their knowledge and awareness of the Spanish-speaking world, including language, film, music, cuisine and history.  Meetings and events often include informal social and informational gatherings on campus as well as outings to Hispanic cultural events and restaurants in the area.

Faculty Advisor: Karen Coachman,

Student Senate

The University Student Senate is comprised of 64 students who proportionally represent each of the University’s schools and colleges. It is led by the Student Senate President and four other officers. The Senate is divided into seven committees that focus on specific areas of student concern, including academics, campus community, diversity, finance, and University affairs. CHASS holds eight seats in the Student Senate: 3 seniors, 3 juniors, and 2 sophomores.

The Student Senate strives to promote the general welfare of the Student Body. Responsibilities include: enacting legislation, approving an Annual Student Body Budget for the Student Body funds, and confirming or rejecting appointments of the Student Body President. Additionally, in conjunction with the Department of Athletics, the Student Senate determines student ticket distribution policies for football and men’s basketball games. Most importantly, however, Senate represents the student voice to the University administration. Rather than passing laws, Senate acts as a lobbying body, addressing the concerns of the student body, and bringing these concerns to the attention of the University.

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Students Advocating Gender Equality (SAGE)

SAGE NCSU is a student-led organization whose purpose is to foster open discussion about topics of sex, gender, sexuality and feminism, to promote education about gender issues, and to direct this discussion to real-world application.  We aim to achieve this through meetings and events on and off campus.  All majors are welcome.

Faculty Advisor: Otis McGresham,

VOLAR (Voluntarios Ahora en Raleigh)

VOLAR is a Spanish language service program that bridges NC State to the local community, fosters cultural diversity, and challenges students with authentic linguistic practice. VOLAR's community partners include the Mexican Consulate General, Raleigh Parks and Recreation, the Clothing Ministry of Raleigh, the Family Resource Center of Raleigh, Urban Ministraies Open Door Clinic and Wake County schools.  Since 2012, students participating in VOLAR have spent more than 1,500 hours volunteering.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shelley Garrigan